Dreams and Nightmares

The mocking bird enters your sleep
its call somehow

You’re lost again
(always lost)
so many paths to choose
but no-one to ask the way
because no-one speaks your language
they look at you like you’re strange.

Everything looks familiar
but, isn’t.

Panicked, because you’re scared
you scream
Shout for help
but no-one hears
because you’re trapped
inside the dream


are you awake?

You cannot run and hide
because you’re lost
and, chaos has its chaotic way
with you.
The dream is your sleeping reality
or, is it really true?

Along those pathways inside your mind
lurk the beasts
(the dreadful, abstract kind)
and still you scream in silence
amid chaotic thought

are you awake or is it a dream
and if it’s real life
why is chaos supreme.

You have to escape
force yourself awake
you toss and you turn
and somehow climb back up
from those dark depths of slumber
with tears, you’ve survived
you open your eyes
but are still left to wonder

why does it still seem so real.


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I used to have really very bad nightmares/night terrors. Some that left me with tears running down my cheeks, really sobbing and even though I’d woken up, it would take me sometimes days to shake off and forget the dreadful fear of being stuck in them.
(I thank God, I don’t have them anywhere near as bad anymore)

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Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

20 thoughts on “Dreams and Nightmares”

  1. i’m so sorry to hear you experience such nightmares ~ they are horrific, aren’t they?

    love your poem though. {smile}

  2. This is very, very real to me. Perfectly described. I remember such dreams vividly. Fortunately, for me, they are now few and far between.

  3. Your poem has the quality of nightmare, flipping back and forth ,lost, lost. You take me where i don’t want to go, but you take me effectively.

  4. Nicely done, Bren, the panicked back and forth of a tugging realistic nightmare is definitely captured here! I can’t stand the dreams where you wake up but you didn’t really wake up and you keep doing that over and over…so scary.

  5. It is evident from the strength of your writing that you really dreamed these dreams. I get them too, but the cold light of day usually dispels the anguish.

  6. Those kinds of dreams are so scary. You have captured the feelings well here. Glad they no longer happen as often.

  7. its scary when you dont know the way and no one speaks your language…and some dreams are just so vivid that it is hard to tell if you are in the dream or reality…

  8. “and if it’s real life
    why is chaos supreme.”

    I like the near waking in the middle of this poem, and the feeling of lost in life. I’m grateful that we live out some fears in a subconscious way and not when alert. But I have found, via the advice of an old friend, that inviting those beasts in for tea brings them down to size.

  9. Reading about your dreams that are so real … makes me thankful mine are of the gentle variety ~ usually.

  10. So well written. I love the wondering as to which is reality, which is dream……your poem captures the feeling of the dream so well. I had a very real dream last night too, but it was a nice one, visiting a lost love:)

  11. Intensely real writing. Vivid. I felt as if I was flowing through your dream with you. I have rarely had such dreams, but have on occasion. I am glad they are rare with you now.

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